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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Oct 8, 2007 1:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: old schoolers

flash back, to Fall '71 when the 2nd live "Grateful Dead" lp (aka)Skullfuck was getting more airplay than Live Dead, Workingman's Dead and American Beauty did in 1970-
FM DJs in Boulder Colorado were playing whole sides non-stop...

It was a phenomenon, the birth of the Dead head scene that danced to it's own beat.

The precise moment it came into existance could probably be bookmarked by the August 6, '71 Hollywood Palladium show where the audience goes nuts during whole songs.

Welcome true believers.
Freaks were no longer isolated... they were now and forever more on the bus...
while the rest of the world, and music scene...were on the outside looking in, never quite getting why the Dead heads were so deadicated to what sounded like pretty much just good time country blues with endless jazz-influenced improvisation that was neither here nor there.

What was it?

At least in '71 there were a few last vestiges of basic song structure, catchy music standards with beginnings and endings not too far apart from each other.

By 1972, the boundries that defined what the Dead were doing would begin to blur and melt away again,
as the content of Workingman's Americana became less readily accessible than ever in much of their sets.

Grateful Dead Live at Fox Theatre on 1971-03-18

Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on 1971-02-18

Grateful Dead: 1971-02-19

Grateful Dead: 1971-12-14

Grateful Dead: 1971-08-06

Grateful Dead: 1971-08-05

This post was modified by cream-puff-war on 2007-10-08 08:06:22